Thematic Call for Project Proposals

The call for proposals for 2021 is now closed. The deadline to apply was Friday, November 12, 2021 by 5pm PST.

This SFU-Mitacs Globalink Research Award - Thematic Call invites proposals that demonstrate alignment with one or more of the themes. Participating students must already be affiliated with the research teams at SFU or at the collaborating partner(s) to be eligible. Projects are required to contribute $2000 towards each $6000 award per participating students. Projects may request up to 5 awards per proposal.

The Call invites project proposals in the following 5 themes:

1. Advanced computing

  1. Quantum computing 
  2. Advanced materials for computing and other advanced computing technologies 
  3. AI and health 
  4. AI and climate change 
  5. Cybersecurity

2. Achieving Net Zero 

  1. Sustainable technologies
  2. Future cities/IoT
  3. Environmental sustainability
  4. Circular economy
  5. Water
  6. Food Security 

3. Global Health

  1. OneHealth
  2. Innovations in therapies and prevention
  3. Biomanufacturing
  4. Healthy aging
  5. Mental health and wellbeing 

4. AgriTech

5. Material Science and Engineering

  1. Materials Science and Engineering for Improved Healthcare Solutions
  2. Materials Science and Engineering for Sustainable Environmental Solutions

Priority is given to proposals that demonstrate potential to lead to long-term and multifaceted research collaborations that advance strategic interests. Each project may include up to 5 students. 

Award Amount

At least $6,000 CAD per student dedicated fully to student stipend. Research cost should be covered by the host supervisor.

Contribution required from SFU supervisor

$2,000 CAD (part of the $6,000 award) cannot be tri-agency funds

PI must confirm the eligibility of the matching funds.

Length of Placement

12-24 weeks

Student Eligibility

Senior undergraduate, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Preference will be given to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

Earliest possible start date

May 2022*

Latest possible start date

Within 12 months of application result**

*Project start date is dependent on the timeline for students to obtain appropriate immigration documents. 

**Mitacs allows placements to start up within 12 months of issuing the application results. If flexibility is required due to travel restrictions in response to the pandemic, SFU International will work with Mitacs to negotiate an extension.

Eligible Countries:

Asian

China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, India, Singapore, Taiwan,

Americas

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States. 

Europe 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, , Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Oceania

Australia, New Zealand. 

Africa

South Africa, Tunisia.

 
Requirements:

1. SFU PI is required to contribute $2,000 towards each award. 

If your project is collaborating with one of the institutions on this list, financial contribution may not be required and top-up funding from the international partner might be provided.  

2. Projects must demonstrate:

  • Potential to support strategic and multifaceted research collaborations. To this end, proposals must clearly articulate:
    • Objectives, significance, research plan and proposed interaction with the student. 
    • Likelihood of advancing SFU’s international collaboration and research priorities, including but not limited to:
      • establishment and/or continuation of a long-term research network
      • cross-institutional publications in highly ranked research outlets;
      • joint applications to other international collaboration funding tools with the international partner;
      • deliverables, in addition to the final report required by Mitacs.
  • Benefits to Canada, such as:
    • missing skills, techniques or expertise that will be brought back or brought in;
    • original data that will be collected (by accessing specific sites or populations);
    • innovative ways of thinking that will provide another perspective to solve Canada’s challenges;
    • enhance impact of Canadian science.

3. Participating students must already be affiliated with the research teams at SFU or the collaborating partner(s) to be eligible.

4. SFU supervisor, international collaborator(s) and participating student(s) or postdoctoral fellow(s) must meet the Mitacs eligibility requirements

Which Call Should I Submit My Project Proposal to?

If your project aligns with at least one of the five themes identified in the SFU Thematic Call, we encourage you to submit your project to the SFU Thematic Call first. 

 

 

Mitacs Thematic call

SFU Thematic Call

SFU General Call

Deadline

Complete application deadline: 5 p.m. PST, December 1, 2021

Project proposal deadline: 5pm PST, November 12, 2021

Project proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until February 4, 2022.

Research Areas

3 themes:

1. Advanced computing

2. Achieving Net Zero

3. Global Health

5 themes:

1. Advanced computing

2. Achieving Net Zero

3. Global Health

4. AgriTech

5. Material science and engineering

Open to all disciplines

International partner eligibility

The collaboration must be with one of the eligible institutions on this list. Otherwise, please refer to the SFU thematic call.

Any recognized post-secondary institution located in an eligible country (see list of eligible countries)

Any recognized post-secondary institution located in an eligible country (see list of eligible countries)

Application process

Applications submitted directly to Mitacs by the PI. Up to 5 students per project.

1. PI submits a project proposal to SFUi. Each project proposal can nominate up to 5 students.

2. If the project proposal is approved, each nominated student submits an application package.

1. PI submits a project proposal to SFUi. Each project proposal can nominated up to 5 students.

2. If the project proposal is approved, each nominated student submits an application package.

Competition

Canada-wide. If your project was not successful, your application can still be considered by the SFU general call as long as your submit your project proposal to SFU International. If approved by SFU general call, $2,000 matching funds will be required.

Project proposals will be evaluated by SFUi first. If approved, applications are highly likely to be approved by Mitacs. Revisions on research proposal may be requested by Mitacs.

Project proposals will be evaluated by SFUi first. If approved, applications are highly likely to be approved by Mitacs. Revisions on research proposal may be requested by Mitacs.

Matching funds

Matching funds not required

$2,000 matching funds required for each student. PIs must verify the eligibility of the matching funds as some grants are not eligible, e.g. tri-council grants.

$2,000 matching funds required for each student. PIs must verify the eligibility of the matching funds as some grants are not eligible, e.g. tri-council grants.

Application Process

1. A SFU faculty member can submit multiple proposals. Only one proposal is required for each project. Each project can include one or multiple students up to 5 students. The proposal should specify the number of inbound and/or outbound awards requested. Project proposals can be submitted online

2. Once the project proposal has been approved, PI and nominated students will be provided instructions to submit supporting documents, which includes an application form, a research proposal, student's CV, student's cover letter, a copy of the Canadian supervisor CV, and a copy of the international supervisor CV. In some cases, support letters from both supervisors may also be required.

 

If you have any questions about the award or the application process, please feel free to contact the Coordinator, International Research Mobility at research_mobility@sfu.ca.